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Lawrence Tech awards global citizenship scholarships to three high school seniors

Release Date: January 26, 2010

Southfield, Mich. - The Center for Global Leadership and Understanding at Lawrence Technological University has awarded three high school seniors college scholarships for their winning entries in its "Global Citizenship" essay contest.

Karla Ziemba of Harrison High School in Farmington Hills and John Agrusa of Utica High School each won a $2,500 college scholarship for tying for first place in the essay contest. They both plan to attend Lawrence Tech in the fall.

Thomas Hamm of Detroit Mumford High School won a $1,500 college scholarship for finishing second in the contest.

The Center for Global Leadership and Understanding is part of Lawrence Tech's College of Management, which offers a range of graduate business programs including a Master of Business Administration International and a dual master's degree, MBA/Global Leadership and Management.

The purpose of the essay contest was to have high school seniors think about what it means to be a citizen of the world, which is how the Greek philosopher Socrates described himself more than 2,500 years ago, according to Thomas Marx, director of the Center for Global Leadership and Understanding.

"Thinking globally has become very important in business," Marx said. "We wanted the high school seniors who competed in the essay contest to think about the importance of understanding other countries and cultures before they start their college careers."

Continental Automotive Systems North America of Auburn Hills was a sponsor of the essay contest.

Lawrence Technological University,, offers nearly 100 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.